Headline news: Eva Dichand on art, collecting and newspapers
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Headline news: Eva Dichand on art, collecting and newspapers

In her passion for both newspapers and art, Eva Dichand has assumed the mantle of her late father-in-law, Krone editor Hans Dichand. Her tastes, however, are markedly more contemporary, as Michael Watts discovered when he went to meet her My recent visit to Vienna to meet members of the Dichand newspaper dynasty prompted thoughts about a media titan who ought to be better known. Hans Dichand, the family patriarch, was an Austrian populist who died in 2010 at the age of 89. He owned and edited Austria’s biggest-selling tabloid, Kronen Zeitung , and was a political kingmaker over several decades; he even called his autobiography In the Anteroom of Power . Much of his influence came from a Eurosceptic column he wrote in his paper under the Roman pseudonym Cato; he was possibly emulating the 18th-century essays published in England as Cato’s Letters , which advocated patriotism, free markets and limited government. Dichand’s nativism lingers on in Austria, a republic risen from the ashes of the First World War, but still struggling with its identity. It’s probable, however, that his more enduring legacy will be his art collection. In 1989, he published, in English and German, a handsome coffee-table […]

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